lingua franca

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian lingua franca (Frankish language)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlɪŋ.ɡwə ˈfɹæŋ.kə/

Noun[edit]

lingua franca (plural lingua francas or lingue franche or linguae francae) (see usage notes)

  1. A common language used by people of diverse backgrounds to communicate with one another, often a basic form of speech with simplified grammar, particularly, one not the first language of any of its speakers.

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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

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lingua franca f (invariable)

  1. the Mediterranean Lingua Franca, a common language spoken in Mediterranean ports in centuries past (consisting of Italian mixed with French, Spanish, Arabic and some Greek words and used by sailors of different countries to communicate with one another)

Polish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Italian lingua franca.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): //ˈlʲin.ɡwa ˈfran.ka// invalid IPA characters (//)

Noun[edit]

lingua franca f (indeclinable)

  1. (historical) Mediterranean Lingua Franca (common language spoken in Mediterranean ports in centuries past)
  2. lingua franca (common language)

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